Almost EdenBook - 2006
"It is the hot prairie summer of her twelfth year and Elsie is at a crossroads. Her beloved mother who is mentally ill has been hospitalized, and Elsie thinks that the breakdown is all her fault. Mental illness is simply not discussed in Elsie's close-knit Mennonite community and she is rudderless. Nothing Elsie does seems to go right: there's no pleasing her bossy older sister; she forgets to feed the cat, so her father gives it away; she's supposed to watch out for her younger sister, but she lets her come home alone from the swimming pool (despite the lurking menace of a weird stranger around town); and she bargains with God to make her mother well again - to no evident avail. Almost Eden is a beautiful portrait of a town, a family, and a young woman willing to challenge the things that don't make sense to her, and to fix the things that don't seem right."--Back cover.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOR
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 20 cm